As a new Grand Slam season begins in Melbourne next week, the world of college tennis will once again be heavily represented as nineteen former collegiate athletes are slated to take part in the singles main draw at the 2022 Australian Open.
With the doubles and mixed doubles draws being announced in the coming weeks, the number of collegiate alum is likely to continue to grow as college tennis further cements itself as a pathway to professional tennis.
Beginning Monday, January 17, and running through Sunday, January 30, this year’s Australian Open currently features representation from 27 collegiate programs, including seven former USC players.
Last year, many former collegiate athletes shined in Grand Slam tournaments, taking home five titles across all four major tournaments. Rajeev Ram (Illinois), Joe Salisbury (Memphis), Desirae Krawczyk (Arizona State), and Neal Skupski (LSU) all claimed titles last season, winning four mixed doubles titles and one men’s doubles title.
Cam Norrie (TCU) and Danielle Collins (Virginia) enter this year’s Australian Open as the two highest-ranked former collegiate players in singles play, while the rest of the competing collegiate alumni can be found below.
*The doubles and mixed doubles participants will be updated when the draw is announced.
Former Women’s Collegiate Players Competing
|Aliona Bolsova||Oklahoma St./FAU||Doubles|
|Danielle Collins||Virginia||Singles, Doubles|
|Alexa Guarachi||Alabama||Doubles, Mixed|
|Arianne Hartono||Ole Miss||Singles|
|Desirae Krawczyk||Arizona State||Doubles, Mixed|
|Elixane Lechemia||South Carolina||Doubles|
|Giuliana Olmos||USC||Doubles, Mixed|
|Ellen Perez||Georgia||Doubles, Mixed|
|Astra Sharma||Vanderbilt||Singles, Doubles, Mixed|
|Mayar Sherif||Pepperdine||Singles, Doubles|
|Ena Shibahara||UCLA||Doubles, Mixed|
Former Men’s Collegiate Players Competing
|Marcelo Arevalo||Tulsa||Doubles, Mixed|
|Gonzalo Escobar||Texas Tech||Doubles, Mixed|
|Robert Farah||USC||Doubles, Mixed|
|Sander Gille||ETSU||Doubles, Mixed|
|Marcos Giron||UCLA||Singles, Doubles|
|Rinky Hijikata||North Carolina||Doubles|
|Dominik Koepfer||Tulane||Singles, Doubles|
|Austin Krajicek||Texas A&M||Doubles, Mixed|
|Mackenzie McDonald||UCLA||Singles, Doubles|
|Ben McLachlan||California||Doubles, Mixed|
|Nicholas Monroe||North Carolina||Doubles|
|Aleksandr Nedovyesov||Oklahoma State||Doubles|
|John Peers||MTSU/Baylor||Doubles, Mixed|
|Tim Puetz||Auburn||Doubles, Mixed|
|Rajeev Ram||Illinois||Doubles, Mixed|
|Arthur Rinderknech||Texas A&M||Singles, Doubles|
|Joe Salisbury||Memphis||Doubles, Mixed|
|John-Patrick Smith||Tennessee||Doubles, Mixed|
|Michael Venus||LSU||Doubles, Mixed|
|Joran Vliegen||East Carolina||Doubles, Mixed|
|Aleksandar Vukic||Illinois||Singles, Doubles|
|Jackson Withrow||Texas A&M||Doubles|
A complete list of all of the athletes competing at the 2022 Australian Open can be found here.